Topic Overview

Hindmilk makes up the last two-thirds of the milk in each breast. It contains more fat than the rest of the milk, called foremilk, so it is rich in calories and nutrients. It is important for babies to breastfeed long enough on one breast to get the hindmilk.

To get to the hindmilk, breastfeeding (or pumping) should continue on one breast until it is emptied. This usually requires at least 10 to 20 minutes of breastfeeding per breast.

Other Places To Get Help


Public Health Agency of Canada: Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition
La Leche League Canada

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
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Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofOctober 7, 2015